Administration

MCC Thanks Hospital Foundation for $2.5 Million Endowment

(Bradenton, Fla., April 21, 2005). - At an April 20 meeting of the Manatee Community College (MCC) District Board of Trustees, representatives of the former Bon Secours Hospital and Foundation boards and others responsible for a $2.5 million endowment to The Foundation for Manatee Community College Inc. were officially recognized. The endowment is for the college's first fully endowed chair in nursing and a faculty/staff position in health sciences at MCC Venice.

"The decision made by this group of individuals resulted in a gift that will impact the health care needs and quality of life of South Sarasota residents for generations to come," said MCC President Dr. Sarah Pappas.

Rip DuPont, chair of the MCC District Board of Trustees, read a letter from Gov. Jeb Bush, who thanked the Hospital Foundation for the generous contribution.

"Well-trained and qualified professionals are critical to the delivery of quality health care services. Our state and nation currently suffer a critical shortage of skilled nurses," Bush wrote.

The Foundation for MCC will seek state matching funds to increase the gift's value to an estimated $4.7 million. Bob Ochs, former president of the Hospital Foundation Board, announced at the trustees' meeting that an additional $300,000 to $800,000 can be anticipated from the foundation, which is dissolving as a result of the sale of the hospital.

In addition to Ochs, those recognized for their efforts in securing the gift are Mike Guley, former Bon Secours Hospital CEO; Sister Mary Catherine Rogers, vice president for sponsorship for the Sisters of the Bon Secours Health System; Sister Mary Regina Flatley, of the Sisters of Bon Secour; Mick Gardner, former president of Bon Secours Hospital Board; Jack Meyerhoff, a member of the Hospital Board and the MCC Foundation board; and Dr. Jim Woods, former president of The Hospital Foundation and former MCC Venice CEO.

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